5th Annual GIFT Users Symposium (GIFTSym5) Call for Papers

Added by Sottilare, Robert 10 months ago

GIFTSym5 will be conducted 10-11 May 2017 in Orlando, Florida at the University of Central Florida Partnership III Building (3039 Technology Parkway, Room 321 A&B, Orlando, FL 32826).

Please make plans to write a paper to share your experiences with GIFT and present it in Orlando.

Scope and Topics of Interest:
The aim of this symposium is to bring together members of the GIFT User community for an in-depth exploration of tools, methods, and standards for Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) as part of the research and development of the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) sponsored by the US Army Research Laboratory. GIFT is a free, modular, service-oriented architecture whose goal is to make automated authoring, automated instruction, and effect analysis easy and cost-effective. GIFT has three primary objectives:

(1) reduce the skill and time needed to author ITSs
(2) provide an automated instructional capability based upon best tutoring principles, strategies, and tactics for use in ITSs;
(3) enable experimentation to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of ITS components, tools, and methods.

The program committee invites GIFT practitioners and ITS scientists to submit papers highlighting their use of GIFT and recommendations for design enhancements in the following areas: authoring, learner and team modeling, instructional management, and evaluation of learning, retention and transfer effects. Additional topics of interest include: team tutoring strategies, multi-agent architectures for GIFT, and competency modeling/ long term learner modeling.

Submission instructions:
Paper submissions should be 8-10 pages (10 page maximum) in APA format and submitted through Easy Chair at: Only submissions in .pdf format will be accepted and a MS Word template is attached to this announcement to facilitate formatting of your paper. All submissions should be in English. Address any questions to .

Attendance instructions:
Just like GIFT, GIFTSym5 is free to participants. However, space will be limited so please let us know if you are planning to attend by contacting: Kat Amaya at to reserve a space. Parking is available near the Partnership III building. Information on local hotels will be provided later.

Important Dates

GIFTSym5 abstract submissions via EasyChair............................................................ 2016-12-16 - 2017-01-13
Authors notified of abstract acceptance................................................................ 2017-01-20 - 2017-01-20
GIFTSym5 paper submissions via EasyChair............................................................... 2017-01-21 - 2017-03-17
Authors notified of paper acceptance................................................................... 2017-03-24 - 2017-03-24
Camera-ready paper submissions (comments addressed and in final format)................................ 2017-03-25 - 2017-04-14
GIFTSym5 presentations (ppt or pptx format) emailed to Dr. Sottilare (). 2017-05-01
GIFTSym5 - Orlando, Florida............................................................................ 2017-05-10 - 2017-05-11

GIFT 2016-1 Cloud Available:

Added by Brawner, Keith about 1 year ago

GIFT 2016-1 Cloud with new authoring experience is now available for immediate use at .

Just like the Local version, the GIFT Cloud (Virtual Open Campus) showcases the new user experience and features which allow you to:
- Develop GIFT Courses more intuitively with a drag-and-drop interface
- Create survey content more efficiently with a redesigned survey authoring system
- Personalize content for learners with branching courseflow via automatic branching and automatically generated quiz/assessment/remediation
- Create branching conversational agents with a new dialogue authoring tool
- Author GIFT content rapidly, directly alongside external training environments with the all new GIFT Wrap tool
- Create and deliver adaptive courses within a web-browser, no computer programming necessary!

GIFT 2016-1 with New Authoring Experience Now Available

Added by Hoffman, Michael about 1 year ago

GIFT 2016-1 is now available for download on the GIFT Portal at

Download GIFT 2016-1 directly here:

Free GIFT Account registration required to download GIFT; GIFT is available at no cost

The new user experience and features allow you to:

- Develop GIFT Courses more intuitively with a drag-and-drop interface
- Create survey content more efficiently with a redesigned survey authoring system
- Personalize content for learners with branching courseflow via automatic branching and automatically generated quiz/assessment/remediation
- Create branching conversational agents with a new dialogue authoring tool
- Author GIFT content rapidly, directly alongside external training environments with the all new GIFT Wrap tool
- Create and deliver adaptive courses within a web-browser, no computer programming necessary!
- and more...

Volume 4 - Domain Modeling is available now!

Added by Sottilare, Robert about 1 year ago

The fourth book in the adaptive tutoring series, "Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems - Volume 4 - Domain" is now available under the documents tab.

Volume 4 is now available free in pdf format. This book is a collaboration between ARL, the University of Memphis, and scores of government, industry, and academic partners to provide a ready reference for researchers and ITS developers. Download it now at

Important Update to GIFT Cloud

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

The GIFT team has some exciting news to share with you, the community. Last year, we launched the alpha version of GIFT Cloud, a web-based version of GIFT that provided greater accessibility to our platform by eliminating the need to download the GIFT software. Soon, after Thursday, June 30th, 2016, we will be providing a significant update to GIFT Cloud that will improve the efficiency and usability of tutor authoring. Most notably, the upcoming update will include the following:

- A completely redesigned visual course authoring interface
- An enhanced survey authoring system, integrated directly into the course authoring UI
- A cleaner look for the authoring workspace, overall

Looking ahead, this update will also provide a foundation to more quickly address your comments and feedback with improvements to both the authoring and research experiences within GIFT Cloud.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO? Because of the magnitude of this update, all courses and experiments will need to be removed from GIFT Cloud. Any content that you have created within GIFT Cloud should be exported to your local computer before Thursday, June 30th, 2016. This includes:

- Courses you have created
- Experiments you have created using the "My Experiments" interface
- Experimental data collected using the "My Experiments" interface

Please contact us if you require any assistance in exporting your existing courses. You will be able to import your courses into GIFT Cloud once the update has been completed. We appreciate your understanding as we deliver these important updates. The GIFT team remains committed to providing a positive experience for our research community and course creators.

GIFTSym 4 Cancelled

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

It is with deep regret that we must cancel the face-to-face meeting known as the GIFT Users Symposium (GIFTSym) this year. Recent changes in Army policy have classified GIFTSym as a conference and with little time to shepherd the conference approval package through the process (normally 6 months for approval), we will not meet the timeline to meet face to face in Princeton in May.

However, we plan to continue the paper review process and select papers for publication in the GIFTSym Proceedings, but these papers will not be presented face-to-face.

I apologize for inconvenience and hope that you understand that these are circumstances beyond our control. We are already developing the conference package for next year's GIFTSym and do not anticipate any additional problems moving forward. We thank you for your patience and your support of GIFT.


Bob Sottilare
GIFTSym Chair

GIFTSym4 Update - date change and hotel information

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

Hi GIFT Users...

As you know we will be holding the 4th Annual GIFT Users Symposium in Princeton, NJ this May... it will be held the same week as previously scheduled, but the days have move around a bit...

GIFTSym4 will now begin Wednesday afternoon at 1pm on 25 May and will end at 5pm on Thursday afternoon, 26 May. Wednesday afternoon will be a showcase of 4 papers to highlight the diversity and complexity of GIFT development.

To make hotel reservations to attend GIFTSym4 at the Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center please call Jessica Menshoff before April 4th, 2016... her contact information follows...

Jessica Menshoff, 609.279.6430,

Her work hours are 8:00 am EST to 4:30 pm EST.

Jessica has access to the Chauncey system and can make the hotel reservations for GIFTSym4 at $127/night. Please do not email credit card information to Jessica.

Please make your reservations for the GIFTSym4 room block by the deadline or the hotel rate will increase.

Call of Papers - International Journal of AI in Education

Added by Sottilare, Robert over 1 year ago

Hi GIFT users... below is an exciting opportunity for you to contribute to a special issue of the International Journal of AI in Education (AIED), a top-notch journal.

The title of our special issue is: Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT): Creating a stable and flexible platform for innovations in AIED research

Below are the details for the call for papers... they also appear at:

If you have experience with GIFT or have research that you think can contribute to the development of GIFT as a research platform, please think about contributing to this special issue.

Special Issue Associate Editors

  • Robert Sottilare, Army Research Laboratory, USA
  • Arthur Graesser, University of Memphis, USA
  • James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Ryan Baker, Teachers College of Columbia University, USA

Important Dates

  • Submission of Complete Manuscripts June 17, 2016
  • Reviews due to authors August 17, 2016
  • Revisions due Oct 31, 2016
  • Second round of reviews to authors Dec 31, 2016
  • Camera-ready version Jan 31, 2017

Publication of Special Issue - Each paper will appear on the Online First as soon as it has been accepted and processed.

The full Special Issue will be assembled in the second quarter of 2017.

Submission instructions

Submit papers at using the special submission type: "SI GIFT".

Motivation and Scope

Over the last five years, the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT) has emerged as a standard for authoring, deploying, managing, and evaluating Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) technologies. A goal for GIFT is to capture best practices across the spectrum of automated instruction to reduce the time and skills needed to author tutors, to enhance the effectiveness of instructional strategies implemented by tutors, and to provide a testbed for ITS researchers to evaluate various adaptive instructional tools and methods. GIFT has been used to construct and evaluate tutors in various domains including management of interaction with learners in existing external simulations, serious games, and computer-based training environments to teach physics (e.g., Newtonian Talk), training military tasks and tactics (e.g., Virtual BattleSpace and Virtual Medic), and solve cognitive problems (e.g., logic and Sudoku puzzles). To date, nearly 700 users in 50 countries and 70 organizations have used and helped improve the authoring tools, individual learner and team models, instructional management techniques, domain models, learning effectiveness evaluation tools, and architectural services in GIFT, but there is a long way to go to realize a fully generalizable architecture for cognitive, affective, physical, and social training and educational environments.

A catalyst for this special issue is the GIFT Symposium (GIFTSym) series which was originally organized as a workshop at the AIED 2013 in Memphis. GIFTSym continues annually with published proceedings and provides a forum for GIFT users and stakeholders to discuss their successes and challenges in using and evaluating GIFT across domains and learner populations. Scientists outside the GIFT user community have also participated in GIFTSym to provide critique on both the design and implementation of GIFT as a generalized tutoring architecture.

A goal of this special issue is to identify new best practices for GIFT and the ITS community. We also seek innovative AI contributions which provide the community a platform or testbed in which to conduct their research and guide them through the experimentation and analysis processes. There remain challenges with authoring ITSs (e.g., time and specialized skills required), delivering and consumption of instruction (e.g., remote sensing and intermittent connectivity), instructional management (e.g., methods to tailor instruction and selection of optimal strategies), and evaluation methods (e.g., time and skill required to set up evaluations, and consistency of evaluation methods).

This special issue also seeks innovative contributions for AI-based tools and methods which reduce experimental workload and facilitate the evaluation of ITS technology from a researcher’s point-of-view. In addition to specific designs and implementations in GIFT, we are seeking opportunities to enhance GIFT tools and methods to more efficiently acquire and analyze leaner and environment data, assess learner and team states, reduce authoring burden, and select optimal strategies and tactics. Literature reviews and meta-analyses that provide a thorough overview of the state of the art related to some aspects of the above-mentioned problems are also welcome.

Topic of Interests

The scope includes (but is not limited to) the topics below:

Architectural topics
  • Service-oriented architectural design features for GIFT (or similar ITS frameworks)
  • Multi-agent architectural designs to support learner assessment in GIFT (or similar ITS frameworks)
  • ITS interoperability standards for reuse
  • Team tutoring architectures

Authoring tools and methods
  • AI-based authoring tools for tutoring tasks in various domains (cognitive, affective, physical, and social/collaborative)
  • Integrating interactive environments (e.g., simulations and serious games) with GIFT for adaptive training
  • Augmentation technologies for adaptive instruction
  • Enhancing user experiences (UXs) for ITS authoring tasks

Individual learner and team modeling
  • Real-time vs. long-term modeling of individual learner and team knowledge acquisition, skill development and performance
  • Interoperable learner models
  • Low cost, unobtrusive sensing and learner state classification
  • Intelligent support to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills

Instructional management strategies
  • AI-based learning and instructional strategies
  • Cognitive and metacognitive support strategies

Domain modeling
  • AI-based adaptation and personalization methods for learning environments

Effectiveness Measures
  • Measures of learning and performance effect for individual learners and teams
  • Tools for educational informatics in GIFT (or similar ITS frameworks) to support learning at scale


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